I hope you all had a very joyful Christmas and you all got spoilt.
We have had a very busy Christmas period, busier than it has been in a number of years. We have had lots of poor animals dumped and a huge rise in the number of neglect cases, mostly dogs. All the dogs had been suffering from starvation.
There is simply no excuse for this. Dog food can be bought very cheaply in most of the large supermarkets. If people are unable to take care of their dogs anymore then there is plenty of help and advice out there without letting he situation getting out of hand.
One of the calls we received over the Christmas holidays was on Christmas Eve.
Athy Gardaí took a call about four young puppies been dumped in a housing estate in Athy. They went out to collect the four frighted and nervous puppies who were about 7 weeks old and brought them back to the station. We then got the call at about 8.30pm to see if there was room at the inn. Which of course there always is for sick, injured and neglewcted animals.
The wonderful guards that were on duty that night then dropped them over to the shelter.
Michael and I then brought them to one of our volunteers who had kindly agreed to foster them over the Christmas. They little mites, three girls and a boy, had a huge worm burden. They were treated for this and for days after passed a gross amount of worms.
A large worm burden can make puppies fail to thrive, become every ill and can even kill them. Taking care of puppies can be a tiring but worthwhile job as Brid and Ger waited on them hand and food. Thankfully they thrived under their care and are putting on weight and are been house trained.
Two have now moved on to another of our wonderful foster homes and two remain with the Gallagher family. Thankfully, because of some kind people and the great Athy Gardaí they were warm, happy and safe for Christmas. Santa came just in time for these well behaved pups.
We had to stop rehoming animals a couple of weeks before Christmas to stop any of our animals ending up as presents. Due to putting a stop on rehoming and the large number of animals coming in over Christmas we now are full to capacity yet again.
If you can offer a dog/puppy/cat/kitten a loving and caring forever home then please come and visit the shelter to see some of the many adorable animals just waiting for a home of their own.
We are open daily from 2pm - 4pm. All are animals are vaccinated, wormed, deflead and if over five months of age are neutered. We require a small rehoming fee to help towards the veterinary costs. We always do homevisits, which are carried out by our friendly and caring volunteers to make sure that we place the right animal with the right family.